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Trend Alert: 9 Unconventional Coffee Tables

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Trend Alert: 9 Unconventional Coffee Tables

July 23, 2017

Admired recently: makeshift coffee tables. Here are nine unconventional coffee tables that remind us: All you really need are some bricks, blocks, slats, and books, and voilà.

in the offices of architect lindon schultz, reclaimed wood slats sit low to the 12
Above: In the offices of architect Lindon Schultz, reclaimed wood slats sit low to the ground. Photograph via Studio Visit: At Work with Two Downtown LA Pioneers.
a raw wood slab makes a coffee table at the tribeca penthouse, designed by 13
Above: A raw wood slab makes a coffee table at the Tribeca Penthouse, designed by Axel Vervoordt.
brooklyn based french designer corinne gilbert designed a coffee table from ges 14
Above: Brooklyn-based French designer Corinne Gilbert designed a coffee table from gessoed canvas stretched across a hollow core door and affixed with upholstery tacks on the sides. For more, see our post DIY: Canvas Table Top from Mc & Co.
a group of tree stumps create a table from olsson & jensen. 15
Above: A group of tree stumps create a table from Olsson & Jensen.
a vintage leather gym bench in the living room of architect nicolas schuyb 16
Above: A vintage leather gym bench in the living room of architect Nicolas Schuybroek.
 julie has been relying on cinder blocks for years as seen here, used 17
Above: Julie has been relying on cinder blocks for years as seen here, used for her coffee table in Mill Valley, California. Photograph by Matthew Williams from Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.
a vintage bench is used as a coffee/game table in the home of designer deborah  18
Above: A vintage bench is used as a coffee/game table in the home of designer Deborah Ehrlich from House Call: At Home in the Hudson Valley with Designer Deborah Ehrlich.
the modern go to coffee table is the cinder block and glass top combination (mo 19
Above: The modern go-to coffee table is the cinder block and glass top combination (modeled after Faye TooGood’s Element Table) seen here in showroom of Shaina Mote. See DIY: $100 Glass and Concrete Coffee Table.
a coffee table made of cut logs and industrial casters designed by roxane be&#x 20
Above: A coffee table made of cut logs and industrial casters designed by Roxane Beïs in her project Passage Dieu in Paris. Photograph courtesy of Roxane Beïs. For another project by Beïs, see our post Designer Visit: Paris Meets Provence.
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Frequently asked questions

What is a coffee table?

A coffee table is a low table typically placed in front of a sofa or seating area used for serving beverages, holding reading materials, and other decorative items.

What are unconventional coffee tables?

Unconventional coffee tables are tables that deviate from traditional or standard designs and materials often used for coffee tables. They feature unique shapes, materials, and styles.

What are some popular unconventional coffee table designs?

Some popular unconventional coffee table designs include ones made of natural materials like wood slices or tree stumps, ones with interesting shapes like round or oval, and ones that feature unexpected materials like brass, glass, or concrete.

What are the benefits of using an unconventional coffee table?

Using an unconventional coffee table can add visual interest and personality to a space, act as a conversation starter, and serve a functional purpose while also making a decorative statement.

Can unconventional coffee tables work in any style of home decor?

Yes, unconventional coffee tables can work in any style of home decor as long as they are chosen with consideration for the overall look and feel of the space. For example, a rustic wood slice table may work well in a cozy, cabin-inspired space while a minimalist glass table may work well in a modern, industrial space.

Are unconventional coffee tables more expensive than traditional ones?

Unconventional coffee tables can range in price from budget-friendly to high-end, depending on the materials used, size, and design. In some cases, unconventional coffee tables may actually be less expensive than traditional ones, especially if they are handmade or crafted from repurposed materials.

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